BENDIGO Harness Racing Club will turn back the clock this Friday as the club stages its seventh running of the Oxley Feed Mills Veteran Driver’s Trot at Lord’s Raceway.
The club has assembled one of the best lists of master drivers available in Victoria to compete in the ‘legends’ event, a feature race worth $10,000, for T1, 2 and 3 class trotters, starting from the mobile barrier.
Combined, the veterans have five Inter-Dominion victories: Jim O’Sullivan with two, Lance Justice, Brian Gath and Cliff Powell with one each.
The stars have between them captured three Hunter Cups, four Miracle Miles, a New Zealand Cup, Breeders Crowns, Oaks, Derbies, Country Cups and just about every other major Australasian race feature.
The combined total of winners driven by the 10 competitors is more than 12,000, with Longlea veteran Brian Gath heading the group with more than 3300 wins, and Lance Justice not far behind with over 3000 wins.
Veterans of what is considered the ‘golden era of night trotting’ at Melbourne Showgrounds include Russell Thompson, Noel Shinn, Ginger Gleeson, Mark Hayes and Peter Rothacker.
Bathurst Gold Crown Hall of Fame member David Jack, one of the famous Riverina Jack family will also drive.
Recent additions to the 60-year-old veteran ranks taking their place in the field are three time Miracle Mile winner Lance Justice, Daylesford’s Glenn Conroy, who has won trotting cups at five different country tracks, Maryborough’s Mark Hayes, who started driving at the age of 14 at the famous Gower Park track in Preston, and Geoff Webster a third generation member of the famous South Australian Webster dynasty.
“There is not many sports in where aged 60-plus you can still be racing at an elite level,” said Bendigo Harness Racing Club general manager Erik Hendrix.
“It should be a great spectacle and I’m sure we should see bumper crowd out to support these legends on the night.”
Gates open from 6pm with the ‘legends’ race scheduled for later in night.
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